West Indian Girl
|West Indian Girl|
West Indian Girl in 2013. photo by Iman Haji.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Dream pop, psychedelic rock|
|Associated acts||How To Destroy Angels|
Nathan Van Hala
|Past members||Chris Carter
West Indian Girl is a rock band from Los Angeles. The band's name comes from a type of lysergic acid (LSD) that was popular in the early 60s. The initials are also a reference to Robert James' and Francis Ten's previous band, "WIG".
West Indian Girl singer and guitarist Robert James and bassist Francis Ten first met in Detroit in the early '90s. After Ten moved to Los Angeles, the pair continued their collaboration through the mail until James followed westward. Taking their name from a strain of early street LSD, James and Ten signed with EMI's imprint Astralwerks and formed a proper band for live gigs. After the 2004 release of their self-titled debut album, West Indian Girl released a more dance-oriented remix EP in 2006. Parting company with Astralwerks after their two releases failed to ignite much notice, West Indian Girl signed with the indie label Milan Records and announced the release of their second proper album, 4th and Wall, in October 2007.
In August 2007, the band signed a recording and wireless distribution deal with digital media and entertainment company Flycell. The first single, Blue Wave, was released on September 25, 2007. The band released "4th On the Floor Remixes, Vol. 2" on January 6, 2009 on Smash Hit Music Co.
In January 2012, the band stated via their Facebook page that they were still in the studio working on their newest album. The album was projected to be finished by late 2012.
- Robert James (guitar/vocals)
- Francis Ten (bass)
- Nathan Van Hala (piano/ keys)
- Jesper Kristensen (drums)
- Eva Zeva (vocals)
- Laura Vall (vocals)
- Former members
- Chris Carter (keyboards) 2004–2005
- Mariqueen Maandig (vocals) 2004–2009
- Mark Lewis (drums) 2004–2009
- Amy White (keyboards/vocals) 2007-2010
- West Indian Girl, August 24, 2004, Astralwerks ASW 78431
- Remix EP, August 15, 2006, Astralwerks ASW 70470
- "Trip (Richard Fearless Remix)"
- "What Are You Afraid Of (Dert Remix)"
- "Miles From Monterey (L'arsen Mix)"
- "Hollywood (Gabin's Organic Mix)"
- "What Are You Afraid Of (Mercir  Remix)"
- "Hollywood (Mark Sgarbossa's '86 Club Mix)"
- "What Are You Afraid Of (King Britt Scuba Mix)"
- 4th & Wall, October 23, 2007
- 4th On The Floor (Remixes, Vol. 2) January 6, 2009
- We Believe, July 7, 2009 (B-sides and rarities collection), Origami Records
- Shangri La, April, 2013
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